NSFW Gamer’s Game of the Year – Staff Picks

NSFW Gamer's Game of the Year - Staff Picks

Snow is on the ground, kids are out of school, and Christmas and Hanukkah presents have been opened. It’s December so you know what that means – Time for us to pick our favorite video game of 2013.

There were a lot of great ones to choose from this year – Bioshock Infinite, The Last of Us, Grand Theft Auto 5, just to name a few – but our writing staff was given the near impossible task of picking their number one game. Trust me, it wasn’t easy. You can check them out after the jump and be sure to leave a comment below to let us know what your favorite game of 2013 was.

Anystrom0 – The Last of Us

NSFW Gamer's Game of the Year - Staff Picks

Bioshock: Infinite was -this- close to being a runaway winner for me. It kept me up until 5 AM thinking about its ending after watching a man and woman, free from forced sexual attraction and typical gender roles shoehorned by developers enslaved by their executive publishers to maximize profit, grow simultaneously together and apart in a world not far removed from our own. A few months later, The Last of Us told a very similar story, but the picture you see above this paragraph is still my desktop background.

I’m not sure what made Naughty Dog’s masterpiece (exactly the word to be used describing this game) win out for me over Irrational’s equally breathtaking experience. I can tell you this: ever since finishing the story of Joel and Ellie, I can never look at a post-apocalyptic setting the same way. I also applaud Sony for not forcing a sequel out of them. If you have not yet played The Last of Us, don’t worry. It is perfection, and it will be waiting for you to savor.

David Chaney – Bioshock Infinite

NSFW Gamer's Game of the Year - Staff Picks

My game of the year pick is Bioshock Infinite. Just like the first two games in the series, Infinite proves that video games are indeed art with the city in the clouds, Columbia. In a generation dominated by multiplayer-driven, first-person-shooters with weak single player experiences, this stands out from the pack. It threw away the tacked-on multiplayer present in Bioshock 2 and went back to the single player roots from the original game. Much like the connection between Big Daddies and Little Sisters from Bioshock, Booker DeWitt and Elizabeth’s relationship is at the center of the narrative. Mysteries slowly resolve themselves throughout as new ones arise causing you to question exactly what the hell is going on.This is an excellent game with a deep story and unique enimies that’s full of twists and turns and a mind-blowing ending that keeps you wondering long after you put down your controller.

After a long wait, part one of the two-part DLC Burial at Sea was finally released earlier this fall that brings you back to the city under the sea in its prime and promises to tie together Rapture and Columbia. There’s an interesting cliffhanger that will keep gamers interested well into 2014. Not many games can even adequately handle the scientific world of thermodynamics, but this one does a masterful job.

DFN – The Last of Us

NSFW Gamer's Game of the Year - Staff Picks

This isn’t the “obvious choice”, I promise. I actually tried hard NOT to pick this game, simply so I didn’t look like a sheep, but in the end, it really was the best game of 2013. I weighed lots of different variables here: fun, replay value, single player, multi-player, story, feel, wow factor, etc… and it was close, but the most complete game for me this year was The Last of Us.

It had so much going for it. The story was great (although the ending was a bit controversial), multi-player obliterated God of War, Batman: Arkham Origins and others in that category, and it was just plain FUN. The attention to detail in this game was awesome, rarely did I ever find myself thinking “they screwed that up” or “man, that was weak”. Naughty Dog put the time, effort, and man power into The Last of Us, and got it right! Well done Naughty Dog, thanks for 2013’s best game of the year.

Devilsugar – Soul Sacrifice

NSFW Gamer's Game of the Year - Staff Picks

Among the greatness of Grand Theft Auto and Naughty Dog’s love letter to this past generation released this year, Keiji Inafune’s pet Vita project stands above all for me. Featuring an astoundingly original take on traditional mythology, twisted monsters straight out of nightmares, and a central theme of how every action has a cost, Soul Sacrifice is a title with originality and depth that, from my perspective, JRPG’s usually lack. It’s fairly telling that the game I bought in April is the one I’m still obsessively playing, experimenting with its various combinations and trying to define “my” sorceror. It also provided us with brutal combat scenarios, pitting us against the likes of God of War style bosses without handing over a legendary weapon to even the odds. Of course, its perfectly seamless integration of online co-op made many of the intense bosses more manageable, but no less interesting as my new allies and I strategized, assisted one another, and eventually triumphed.

Also of note is how Soul Sacrifice handled its expansions. Flying in the face of EA and other “greedy” publishers, all of its DLC was released free, adding a ton of new quests, monsters, and even spells without asking for a dime in return. Coming from one of Capcom’s alumni, it’s clear that Inafune set out to distance himself from the company that provided “Disc Locked Content,” and he greatly succeeded. With some companies inundating us with reports of how they sold over six million units and still consider their game a failure, it’s a breath of fresh air to know that a mere over one hundred thousand in its first week was satisfactory. But I digress. This is the game that made it worth owning a Vita, and thusly why many handheld hearts are beating with anticipation of Soul Sacrifice: Delta.

Icebro23 – The Last of Us

NSFW Gamer's Game of the Year - Staff Picks

I played a lot of games in 2013 like most gamers have but two games stand above the rest. In my opinion the two games are respectively GTA 5 and The Last of Us. Both are perfect 10’s in my book and can easily be considered to be among the best of this generation in gaming. It’s amazing that both came out only within a couple of months of one another and the argument for digital supremacy will last until the end of 2013 if not longer. Alas only one game can be chosen as my favorite of 2013 and that game is The Last of Us. It’s sad that Xbox gamers can not experience this game without getting a PS3. I love being a Sony guy in this industry!

I commend Naughty Dog for taking a calculated risk on developing a new video game title at the end of a console generation. They have been hard at work with the Jak and Dexter franchise as well as the Uncharted franchise. It takes balls for a developer to leave two successful franchises hanging around and instead go create something new without a guarantee that it will succeed in today’s ever growing marketplace. Naughty Dog did just that and blew everybody’s minds in the process. The Last of Us is nothing short of a masterpiece in the video game industry. The story plays with your heart strings from beginning to end and never lets go from the moment you start the adventure as Joel. It’s central themes shake the very fabric of human existence in its fight for survival and deal with hope, loyalty sacrifice and fate. The game is perfect in my eyes and I highly suggest every gamer play it at least once if not add it to their personal collection. I am looking forward to the sequel if it ever happens!

Sullivan O. Bradley – Saya no Uta

NSFW Gamer's Game of the Year - Staff Picks

I didn’t get to play many of the AAA games that will be appearing on most best of the year lists and the ones I did play left me disappointed and wondering if I still liked video games at all. Yet there was one game that basically came out of nowhere that managed to completely enthrall me.

Saya no Uta was originally released in 2003 but only just got an official English release this year. Technicalities aside Saya no Uta is undoubtedly my Game of the Year 2013. It’s the story about a guy who gets in a traffic accident which kills his parents and leaves him heavily injured. Although he survives, he wakes up to find that his senses are warped and he perceives the world as a hellish nightmare where everything is covered in pulsating blood splattered organs. Every thing from the smell of flowers to the taste of food is utterly disgusting and normal people appear and sound like grotesque monsters. Everything except one girl.

The game is mortifying, intellectually challenging, disturbingly arousing, and somehow still human and relate-able. It’s mature both for its of blood n’ boobs content and its exploration of complex adult themes. I played it out of pure curiosity, but once I started I was pulled in and finished it in one seven hour sitting. Well written, excellently paced and thoroughly captivating, regardless medium Saya no Uta is one of the best pieces of entertainment I’ve consumed.

GLCORP – Saints Row IV

NSFW Gamer's Game of the Year - Staff Picks

In a year where Grand Theft Auto V was released it may seem weird for someone to pick its little bastard brother as game of the year, but that is what I’ve done. Let me try to explain why: For starters, I’m just starting into GTA V, however I don’t feel this will change my opinion. What Saints Row has that GTA does not is ridiculous, over the top, Monty-Python-like humor. I mean, this game starts off with you climbing a nuclear missile to Aerosmith’s “I don’t want to miss a thing”, and ends with you diving through an alien space ship wearing power armor while Stan Bush’s “The Touch” inspires you to be nothing but awesome the entire way down. If that were not enough, we get a strong dose of Keith David (which is never a bad thing) and they threw in some Rowdy Roddy Piper for good measure.

From a NSFW point of view, there is also the fact that you can play this game as a massive breasted female wearing nothing but pasties and a G-string the entire time…I mean, come on, what more can you ask for?

In all honesty, the reason this game is my game of the year is simple – I had a ton of fun playing it. I rarely stopped smiling the entire time and I never wanted to put it down. So I tip my hat to the developers for this one. They made a game that was simply enjoyable and really stole the show for me this year.

Geist01 – The Last of Us

NSFW Gamer's Game of the Year - Staff Picks

Like most of my fellow writers, I was blown away by The Last of Us. Not only do I think it’s the game of the year, I think it’s probably the best game this generation has to offer. From the prologue stage that takes place the night of the outbreak to the very last scene, The Last of Us represents the best our medium has to offer in story telling, graphics, voice acting, and gameplay. Seriously, this game is damn near perfect.

If you own a PlayStation 3 you need to play The Last of Us. It’s your duty as a gamer. There’s nothing else to really say about it.

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6 Responses to “NSFW Gamer’s Game of the Year – Staff Picks”

  1. glcorp says:

    better late then never for me I suppose lol

  2. glcorp says:

    Hey Sulli what system is your game on?

  3. Sullivan o Bradley says:

    @glcorp
    Xbox360 but I’m mostly playing on pc now and haven’t bought an Xbox game since summer

  4. DevilSugar says:

    Yeah, I thought we were missing somebody in the list. Glad to see you made it! Glad to see between you and Sullivan I’m not alone in picking something that wasn’t super-popular and exploding with press.

  5. glcorp says:

    Yeah was out of town for over a week threw me off on getting stuff submitted, but yeah it was interesting to see everyone’s picks. Looks like I need to go back and play The Last of Us seems to be the hit of the office so to speak.

  6. DevilSugar says:

    Wish I could, but I lost the friend who I was going to borrow it from, so I think I’ll just be constantly associating him with it. Maybe play to his memory…